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What medications that treat migraines might cause a stroke?

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Certain medications for migraines, including ergot alkaloids and triptans, can narrow your arteries. If you've had a stroke, you shouldn't take those.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Stroke Information Page," "Transient Ischemic Attack Information Page," "Migraine Information Page."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

National Headache Foundation: "Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA)," "Migraine," "Aura."

The Migraine Trust: "Stroke and Migraine."

American Migraine Foundation: "Migraine, Stroke and Heart Disease."

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

National Stroke Association: "Do I Have A Migraine, Or Is This A Stroke?"

Kurth, T. November, 2012. Stroke,

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Stroke Information Page," "Transient Ischemic Attack Information Page," "Migraine Information Page."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

National Headache Foundation: "Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA)," "Migraine," "Aura."

The Migraine Trust: "Stroke and Migraine."

American Migraine Foundation: "Migraine, Stroke and Heart Disease."

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

National Stroke Association: "Do I Have A Migraine, Or Is This A Stroke?"

Kurth, T. November, 2012. Stroke,

Reviewed by Lawrence C. Newman on July 17, 2017

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